Family violence response stronger
ALPINE Health will officially launch new family violence screening processes at Myrtleford Hospital this morning.
The Strengthening Hospital Responses to Family Violence (SHRFV) systems changes has been recommended following Victoria’s Royal Commission into Family Violence.
It is a state-wide initiative that requires all hospitals to have screening services in place by 2020.
As of November 1, everyone who accesses a service through Alpine Health will be screened for family violence.
Alpine Health chief executive officer Lyndon Seys said that family violence across the life span was a complex and serious community issue.
“(It is) most commonly experienced by women and children and has both immediate and long-term impacts on the physical, psychological and social health and wellbeing of those affected,” he said.
“As a health service we are in a unique position to identify people at risk, sensitively inquire and make referrals to specialist family violence services if required.
“By doing so, we will help to reduce the incidence of family violence and its impact on individuals, families, the community and the health system.”
Alpine Health’s response to family violence is a process that will engage all staff and community.
It will be rolled out systematically and involve education and changes to current practices.
“As an organisation who is committed to improving health outcomes for the residents and visitors to the Alpine Shire, we will provide regular updates about this work,” Mr Seys said.
“At Alpine Health we will destigmatise family violence and send a clear message that violence against any person is not acceptable and that all people deserve to live with respect and feel safe.
“As a consequence, routine screening for family violence will become common practice.
“This will include clients, patients over 16 and residents who are accessing health services provided by Alpine Health.”
Mr Seys said Alpine Health’s vision for the future was a community free from family violence and where healthy, respectful relationships between women and men were the norm.
“As a health service we can make a significant contribution to achieving this vision and contribute to changing behaviours and community attitudes,” he said.
Today’s launch and morning tea will be held at 10am to 10.30am at Myrtleford Hospital.